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Hi I'm Ashley

I grew up in Washington state. I love animals and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married since September of 2013 and I have a bachelors in biology with a zoology emphasis. I love animals and want to work in a zoo, in an animal rehab center, or doing animal behavioral research someday. I also love reading and listening to music of most genres.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member since April 2010. I had some good friends who are Mormon and one of them I have known since the 6th grade. My freshmen year of high school he gave me a Book of Mormon to read but I never really read it. Then my senior year of High School my grandma passed away on Christmas and I felt something in my life was missing. I finally agreed to go to church one week and then the missionaries asked if I would take the discussions with them. I started taking the discussions and through them and the happiness I could see in my friend's life I was baptized 6 months later. I am the only member in my family but I love that one day me and my family can be together forever and that my future children will be with me for eternity as well. Being a part of this church means I have to make a lot of sacrifices but it also brings a lot of blessings. One of those sacrifices was being married in a temple with my husband without the rest of my family there but we are now able to be together forever.

How I live my faith

For me my faith is lived through action. My husband got a few different job offers and after some time thinking and praying about it we ended up taking a job that wasn't near our family. I also pray about and accept callings (volunteer positions) in my church and do my best to succeed at them and help others grow in their faith.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is important to God's eternal plan for us. He wants us to be happy. One of the biggest ways we can be happy is if we are with our family members because being with those who love us and who we love makes us happy right? Families can be together forever and it's important that we build strong relationships with each other so that we can grow together and strengthen each other. Show more Show less